Verbs


Verbs in Angos end in a. If an action is done by humans or by man-made means and needs to be specified as such, the word ends in the man-made marker as. Verbs are never conjugated for number or person, and they can all be used with or without direct objects.


Example

The root lus means "light." When you attach an a to the end, it becomes lusa. Literally, this means "light (action)". Depending on context it can mean "glow" or "to light (something)."

There is no verb "to be" in Angos. The predicate follows the subject:
Lo vao - It is a tree
Lusos sang-ami - The light is red

In some cases, you'll encounter a word with multiple meanings. For example, the word "ba" (derived from bo, "a grasp") is a very common verb, having different meanings depending on context:
  • to grasp/hold
  • to have
  • to take/get
  • to know
  • to understand



Modal Verbs


Angos
English
Favor
kala
like
Desire
desa
want, would like
Ability
bisaa
can, be able to
Necessity
talua
need, must
Examples:
  • Wo bisaa gema - I can play
  • To talua gia - You need to go
  • Lo kala nestea - He/she likes to drink
  • Le wo desa bebea - We want (to have) a baby



Vocabulary

Here is a list of some common verbs along with their meanings. Remember: all verbs are based on noun roots.

Verb
Meanings
Noun Root
gia
walk, run, go by foot, kick
foot
via
see, watch, look at
eye
ansa
talk, speak, answer
speech
ala
eat
food
noa
think, concentrate
brain
amaa
love, have strong feelings for
passion
mana
touch, feel
hand
ela
hear, listen
ear
sona
sleep
rest


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